IAI to help India develop unmanned Dhruv

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  1. SpArK

    SpArK SORCERER Senior Member

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    IAI to help India develop unmanned Helicopter


    Israel Aerospace Industries and Hindustan Aeronautics are co-operating to enable the transition of the Indian-developed Dhruv advanced light helicopter into an unmanned maritime rotorcraft.
    Already involved in the Dhruv programme, IAI has developed an integrated helicopter avionics suite that would give the type a day and night observation capability, observation and targeting and electronic warfare equipment and a flexible weapons carrying system.


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    The Indian navy wants an unmanned version of the Dhruv, having criticised the performance of early production examples of the type. The service operates five examples, as listed in Flightglobal's HeliCAS database.
    IAI and HAL have performed initial tests of an unmanned version of the Chetak helicopter, but their focus has now shifted to adapting the Dhruv. Their proposed solution would lead to the development of a "black box" that could replace the aircraft's pilots for maritime missions.
    An unmanned version of the Dhruv could begin a series of test flights during 2011, a senior IAI source says. "The potential customers for unmanned helicopters are beginning to understand the potential in such a platform," the source adds.

    http://www.flightglobal.com/articles/2011/01/06/351501/iai-to-help-india-develop-unmanned-dhruv.html
     
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  3. bhogta

    bhogta Regular Member

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    As i know it is not Dhruv but cheetah. Please check your information.
     
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    indian_blues Regular Member

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    Why do we need a such a large helicopter unmanned? Only half of the size of Dhruv might do the job. Article is confusing.
     
  5. bhogta

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    That what i am telling. As i know it is cheetah or chetak one of them not Dhruav. Let me check and then i will tell.
     
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    Parthy Air Warrior Senior Member

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    You're right.. it was on Chetak platform,

    http://www.aviationweek.com/aw/gene...nned Rotorcraft &channel=&from=topicalreports
     
  7. bhogta

    bhogta Regular Member

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    Bro my friend working on this project. So i know just forget the name.
     
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    SpArK SORCERER Senior Member

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    Ok i will edit it..:emot112:
     
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    already US air force had experimented some of these
     
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    Got confirmation that its indeed Dhruv we are talking about not chetak..
     
  11. sandeepdg

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    The MQ-8 is a very potent platform. Its endurance, range, speed and service ceiling are more than the NRUAV. Also, it can weapons such as the Hellfire missiles, Viper Strike laser guided weapons, and the advanced APKWS rockets. But, even then, the capabilities of the NRUAV are comparable to that of the MQ-8, both of them also have similar payload capabilities, hence we shouldn't give up on it. The only thing is that MQ-8 is already operational, but the NRUAV is still being fine tuned, but then all good things come at a cost. The other thing is no weapons options have been specified for it as of now, its main use will be surveillance and detection as of now.
     
  12. bhogta

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    Yes today i got report in office that they planing to make ALH as UAV.
     

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